Another new model for our portrait class. Jeff is a neighbor of one of our artists and he kindly agreed to sit for us. He’s promising to come back again – dressed as either a old-time gangster or a motorcycle gang member. Such fun!
This one was a really quick one for me. I had a biz appointment in town so I only had about an hour and 45 minutes (minus breaks) to get it down! Draw FAST woman!
I’ve often read of painters who work in secondary color themes and I decided to give it a try. I usually paint using whatever colors “sing” to me, but I thought this approach might be helpful to my work. On a color wheel, the primary colors are red, blue and yellow. Secondary colors are the colors made from a combination of two of those three hues: purple, green and orange.
I chose an eggplant Ampersand sanded paper to work on and limited my pastels to mainly secondary colors, with just a few others added in for accent. I’m encouraged by the outcome and will try this scheme again soon.
If you are not a subscriber to Robert Genn’s The Painter’s Keys newsletter, I highly recommend it. A wonderful painter and deep thinker, Genn has written years of bi-weekly posts that speak to the artist dilemma, both as a career and a life style. Unfortunately, he has recently shared that he is battling cancer. He has begun to collaborate on writing with his daughter who is also an accomplished painter. Their recent post about culling your art inventory really hit home with me. On my “to do” list before January is a thorough review of my stacks of paintings and destruction of any that don’t meet my current level of skill. Anything that I am not proud of, anything that I would not want associated with my name, will be gone! This feels like a very cathartic step for me as an artist. (Not to mention a great way to clean out my studio.)
I wonder if the local police would mind me building a bonfire in my back yard…?
It’s “Exhibit Season” in the art world and I am getting a bit confused. I have artwork in at least 5 exhibits right now and a few that have just ended. I tell ya its a full time job figuring out how to apply for entry into an exhibit, frame the art, ship or drop it off, market the event, blog and facebook about the event, attend the reception and then pick up the art when the show is finished. Oh, and then of course you must find time to actually paint. People always comment what a cushy life the artist leads. Well, not when you are wearing ALL the dang hats in the organization!
The two pastels above were accepted into the “50 Shades of Green – A Dynamic Look at the Color of Nature” exhibit at Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The show runs November 29, 2013 through January 6, 2014 and promises to be a very interesting one.
The wetlands painting was inspired by a wonderful river that runs through secluded Saline woods where I often walk my Australian Shepherd, Roxy. I just love reflections in water and this spot really spoke to me. The tropical plants are an abstract exploration of the psychedelic fauna down in Florida. It was once part of a two-painting set, but its sister painting was sold to a dear friend last year.
Wishing you all a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving!
Our dedicated group of Ann Arbor Area Pastelists has mounted a wonderful new exhibition for the holiday season. We are trying out a new location at Esquire Interiors on Jackson Road. It seemed like a perfect location to feature our work in a residential setting, among the beautiful furnishings that this store offers. There are 50 landscape, floral and figure pastel works from 14 established artists in the show. You won’t want to miss it!
The artist reception is Sunday December 8 from 2-4pm and the show will run through February 20, 2014. Hope you can make it!